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Moving offshore to Costa Rica will save the Americans

Moving offshore to Costa Rica will save the AmericansMoving money offshore is one thing, moving yourself and your family offshore is a whole different story. Costa Rica is not just a place to hide dirty money anymore.

It is also not that sunny place in paradise where train robbers hide and live a wealthy pool-side life with lots of rum ‘n coke’s until they get caught by Interpol. 

The local authorities might think you’re laundering money as soon as you deposit over $10K into your bank account. You can try hiding money, but if you get caught, you’ll be in trouble. Costa Rican jail is not a country club.

Now, with the new ad campaign by ICT that makes clear that moving offshore to Costa Rica is attractive and will save the Americans and not a place hide. Costa Rica is promoted by its governmental agencies as “Essential Costa Rica”. Marketing their location, biodiversity and nature is paying off.

The Costa Rican Bureau of Tourism (ICT) has a very successful campaign with the name “Save the Americans – Costa Rican Animals for Overworked Americans”. 


If you are an overworked American, this setting might relax you

If you are an overworked American, this setting might relax you

Overworked Americans

On their website, ICT let’s everyone know that they can help the overworked and stressed out Americans:

Save the Americans was created by the animals of Costa Rica to help save overworked Americans. Forced to work long hours in stressful environments, increasingly estranged from their natural habitat, the American worker grows more endangered every day. As resident animals of Costa Rica, we happily offer our country as sanctuary. If you or someone you know is endangered, we can help.

Enjoy the new song from the animals of Costa Rica for the overworked here 


Not Cheap?

Costa Rica has everything to go for itself, except that it is not a cheap place to live anymore. Moving offshore to Costa Rica is a great option; living in a country that has no army has a cost, but also an incredible lifestyle.

The next real estate boom

Soon, another very important day will give Costa Rica another shot at the next real estate boom: Election Day in The United States of America. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is going to be another important day because no matter who will win the US elections, thousands of North Americans will make the big step of moving to Costa Rica.


Or playing a couple of holes on a golf course in Costa Rica might relax you?

Or playing a couple of holes on a golf course in Costa Rica might relax you!


In the past, we’ve had the honor of those fleeing the government of George W. Bush, especially in the 2nd term. Obama also has sent quite some North American citizens down to enjoy paradise with us and Bill Clinton was no different. I’m sure that it will happen again.

Other options

North Americans can have quite a few good options other than nice and quiet offshore living in Costa Rica. Of all the countries promoted by Live and Invest Overseas and International Living like Panama, Belize, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic and some others, there is a lot of good to say about all of them. As you can see, I’m leaving Mexico out of the list for obvious reasons, depending on who will win the US elections.


Would living like this save some of the Americans?

Would living like this save some of the Americans?

Moving offshore

Moving offshore to Costa Rica is so different though. I can make you a long list of reasons to NOT move to Costa Rica, like traffic problems everywhere you go, food can now be expensive, depending on what you buy and the banking system is not cooperating with non-residents. You don’t get any discounts because you’re a retiree and you’re obliged to pay into the social health system, which is not all that good. 

At the end of the day, to my opinion, Costa Rica is still head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd. Much of it is in the message that the Costa Rican Tourism Board is giving you. Costa Rica invested in its people for the past 30 years, the Ticos are probably the best educated in Central American and that shows in the day to day life. 96.2% of its citizens are literate and the population is multilingual.  

The weather

And the weather? Yes, the weather is oh so important. The summer season runs from December to April and it is basically sunny all day long with an average of 75º.  The green season runs from May to November and keeps more or less the same temperatures, with a nice rain most afternoons that keeps it all green. The weather is a topper for offshore living in Costa Rica, 


Views like this is healthy for overworked Americans

Views like this is healthy for overworked Americans

Tax advantages

You can also have some tax advantages by moving offshore to Costa Rica. Learn more about this on the Taxes by Expats website. 

Waiting for Election Day too? Costa Rica is cooperating by saving the Americans. Do your homework now, check our website, register for Ivo’s blog and ask your questions. Get ready now, so you can take an educated decision before the end of the year.

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Ivo Henfling

If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the central Valley, or looking for any property for sale in Escazu, you need to call me. I have been selling real estate in Escazu for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and other areas. To me, a deal is not a good deal unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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